Article | May 28, 2013

Energy Assessments: The Key To Unlocking Value In The Data Center

Source: APC by Schneider Electric
APC by Schneider Electric

By Roberto Michel, APC by Schneider Electric

Managers responsible for data centers operations don’t need much convincing on the importance of energy efficiency.

According to a recent survey of more than 2,000 data center managers and other stakeholders conducted in 2012 by the Uptime Institute, 57 percent named data center energy reduction as “very important” to their companies, while 39 percent rated it “somewhat important” to their companies overall. Financial savings was easily the top driver (82 percent) for energy efficiency among survey respondents.

Yes, the data center market is getting to the point where we don’t have to do as much convincing on the importance of energy efficiency. Where the market still needs help is in establishing the strategies and tactics that will actually achieve energy efficiency. This is where the value of energy assessments comes in.

To find out more about energy assessments, I recently posed a few questions to Bobby Drought, a Schneider Electric Energy Management Consultant. Drought is a key member of the team of consultants, energy management engineers, and specially trained field service engineers who conduct energy assessment services for Schneider Electric in North America. Resellers can be involved in selling these services, and in following up with clients on the post assessment reports and improvements.

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